BCS teachers are fully qualified. All the teaching staff have earned university or Christian liberal arts college degrees and/or graduated from Teachers College. Our teachers hold Permanent Ontario Teachers Certificates and/or Christian School Teachers Certificates or the equivalent. Professional growth and development is encouraged, expected and supported at BCS. It is also nurtured using fellow staff members' expertise where possible.
All BCS teachers are committed Christians! BCS staff not only subscribes to the faith basis of our Constitution, but also share the school's Christian educational philosophy and perspective. Our teachers open windows on God's world for our students, modeling a Biblical vision for all of life and learning. BCS is privileged to have an exceptional faculty and support staff. We consider it an honour to be able to list the following names.
Principal and Grade 8 Teacher
Walter Hartholt > Click to contact
Walt is in charge of curriculum. His expertise is in the area of Math, French, History and Physical Education. It is not uncommon to find him playing in the gym with his students during recesses! His teaching degree is from Redeemer University and he came to the school in 1991.
Vice-Principal and Part-time Grade 5 Teacher
Francine Roth > Click to contact
Francine joins the Admin team this year. She has been a supply teacher for several years as well as been at home caring for her three boys. She has her Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University, Hamilton and she received her B. Ed. from Windsor University. She enjoys her new role as Vice-Principal and also her time with the grade five class.
Vice-Principal and Language Arts Grade 7 & 8 Teacher
Heather Murray > Click to contact
Heather has been with BCS since 1991, teaching in grades five through eight for many years. Currently she teaches language arts to grade seven and eight. She has her teaching degree from Redeemer University. Her area of expertise is language arts and she is Vice - Principal part time.
Karen Van Houten > Click to contact
Karen is the office receptionist and comes to us with much experience in education. As a former teacher and mother of three children all attending BCS, Karen is a very busy and active Mom. Karen's husband works full time as a structural steel detailer and the Vanhouten family enjoy country living on their farm.
Gloria Groeliker > Click to contact
Gloria has been our Financial Assistant since 1996. She has an honours B.A. of Administration from Brock University. Gloria worked as a junior chartered accountant for some time before joining the staff at BCS.
Junior and Senior Kindergarten
Barbara Foster > Click to contact
Barbara is our junior and senior kindergarten teacher. She has established a strong kindergarten program and the children love being in her class. She has several years of experience in the primary grades, as well as in resource teaching. Her teaching degree is from York University.
Grade 1 Home Room
Elaine Westerveld-Zwep > Click to contact
Elaine is our grade one teacher. She has many years of experience in the grade one area. She introduced the four block method of teaching reading and writing to our school. She has her Ontario Teacher's Certificate, and has acquired many courses in the area of primary education. Elaine's experience in grade one is an invaluable asset to our school.
Grade 2 Home Room
Sandra Belanger > Click to contact
Sandra is currently teaching in grade two half-time. She graduated from Guelph with her Bachelor of Arts in 1991 and received her Ontario Christian School Teaching Certificate from Redeemer University in 1992. She taught for 6 years and then spent several years at home raising three children. Sandra has spent many years supply teaching at BCS and is delighted to be able to join our staff. We are blessed by her many gifts in the Language Arts area and she loves organizing the junior teams for Battle of the Books.
Grade 2 Home Room
Valerie Vanderwoerd > Click to contact
Valerie is currently teaching half-time in grade two. She began her post-secondary education at King's University in Edmonton, Alberta. She graduated with her Bachelor of Education from Calvin College in Michigan. She taught in Guelph for 3 years and then spent several years at home raising four children. For the past 5 years Valerie has taught part-time at BCS and is happy to be part of our staff teaching in grade 2. Valerie is a gifted teacher and also has been an invaluable asset organizing our Good Neighbour Campaign service projects.
Grade 3 Home Room
Leanna Silver > Click to contact
Leanna is our grade three teacher. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Redeemer University College. She has skills in constructive classroom management as well as in assessing individual student needs.
Grade 4 Home Room
Jannette Mazereeuw > Click to contact
Jannette is not new to our community because she is a parent and has served on the Education Committee. She has also been our supply teacher for several years. Mrs. Mazereeuw has received her teacher training at the Christian University of the Netherlands and University of Western Ontario in London.
Grade 5 Home Room
John Hensen > Click to contact
John just recently joined our staff in January and is currently the grade five home room teacher along with Mrs. Francine Roth. He received his BA/Bed. Degree from Calvin College in Michigan in 1978. He has spent 15 in the teaching profession and has just recently come back to teaching after a second career in business. John has spent his time teaching in Chatham, Ontario and in British Columbia, and previously for one year at BCS! We are delighted to have him back!
Grade 6 Home Room
Barbara Vandersar > Click to contact
Barbara has been on staff since 2005. She is a graduate of Redeemer University-College with a degree in Education. She enjoys working on the school newsletter, organizing Battle of the Books reading competition and coaching our girls in soccer and basketball. She brings many gifts and talents to BCS.
Music Teacher, Grade 4,5, 7 & 8
Carly Dreise > Click to contact
Carly teaches the grades four and five music, which includes recorder and seven and eight, wihich includes grade eight guitar. Carly has a passion for music and a love for her students. She is a graduate of Redeemer University-College and holds an education degree.
Grade 7 Home Room
Jeff Summerhays > Click to contact
Jeff comes to us from Imlay City where he taught for five years. He is a Dordt College graduate with a Phys Ed major. He loves to run and coach sports teams. He is our grade 7 home room teacher and sports events coordinator.
Karen Kamphuis > Click to contact
Karen is our Learning Resource teacher. She has her BA from Calvin College, and her Teacher's Certificate from the University of Toronto. She has many years of experience in the area of resource. She has also developed experience in the area of teaching ESL students.
Art, Grade 3-8 Heather Van Hoffen > Click to contact
Heather is our art teacher. She has her teaching degree from Calvin College. She has taught for several years in other Christian schools and loves to inspire students to praise God with their creativity.
Dave has been our custodian since 1990. He operates his own business, Proper Maintenance Services, and is employed part time at BCS. He has been a great asset to BCS for many years.
Board Members 2011-2012
President: Gord Vellenga
Vice President: Jim Vanderwoerd
Treasurer: Anita Van Geest
Secretary: Jennifer Dreise